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Canadian Eskimo Dog

The Canadian Eskimo Dog is typical of the large spitz-type with their thick, plush coat, pricked ears, and tail that curls over the back. This is a striking and powerful dog built to work hard in harsh, icy conditions. Canadian Eskimo Dogs come in a variety of colours.  

10-15 years
30-40kg for males and 18-30kg for females
58-70cm for males and 50-60cm for females
Black and white, grey and white, red and white, sable and white and solid white or solid black
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Canadian Eskimo dog is generally a robust dog but can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia 
- Gastric dilatation volvulus

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here


A specialist working breed rather than average every day companion, the Canadian Eskimo Dog is bred to pull weights of up to 80kg, over 70 miles per day in harsh Arctic conditions. They like life gregarious, in a gang of people and dogs, and they like things cold!  The average pet dog owner will struggle to provide a life style the Canadian Eskimo dog will thrive in. Attempts to do so without being willing to lead a very different lifestyle will result in a destructive, loud and unhappy dog. In a group, with plenty of exercise however, the Canadian Eskimo is affectionate, playful and curious. 

Did You Know? 

  • In 2015 a genetic study determined that the Canadian Eskimo Dog and the Greenland dog are genetically the same and distinct from the very similar looking Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. The maternal mitochondrial DNA sequences were classified as haplotype A31 that indicates a common female ancestor. This haplotype is not found in other modern dogs, the nearest match was with the 1000-year-old remains of a dog from Florida. 
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